Man found dead after Arvada pursuit, shootout

7:54 AM, Jan 5, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - Authorities say one man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Arvada.

Police say a fight at a bar in Westminster over a pool game ended in a shootout overnight Friday.

The fight at the bar involved several people and police believe only words were exchanged. Four people, two men and two women, left the bar and said they were followed by the two other people involved in the argument.

That vehicle, an Audi, eventually pulled up and shot at the victim's car near westbound 80th Avenue and Pierce Street, striking it once. No one was injured and the victims called police.

"[The victims] absolutely did the right thing. They did not engage with the suspects," said Jill McGranahan with Arvada police. "We know at least one of [the suspect's] shots did hit [the victim's] vehicle."

Later that night, police spotted the Audi.

Police pursued the suspect's car at dangerous speeds. Police radio scanners indicates speeds reached nearly 100 miles per hour.

"It ended up being a chase throughout the city of Arvada," McGranahan said.

The suspects turned down a dead end road.

"It was when they were coming back and driving towards out officers that the two officers who were trying to block the intersection opened fire on them," McGranahan said.

Officers lost the car, then found it 40 minutes later at an apartment complex in Arvada in the 8600 block of 62nd Avenue.

The driver was arrested without incident. The other man was found dead in the passenger seat.

"The driver was uninjured except for broken glass and the passenger was deceased," McGranahan said.

"It was just right out front so we just watched it unfold," said a neighbor named Diane who declined to give her last name.

Pictures taken from Diane's apartment showed the Audi hidden by a snow-covered tarp, and then uncovered when the coroner arrived Saturday morning.

Bullet holes were visible in the windshield.

"They took everything, body, car, everything and towed it out," Diane said.

McGranahan says it remains unclear if the officers shot him or if he shot himself.

The two Arvada officers involved in the shooting are on paid-administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The identity of the suspects have not been released.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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